Creative Clusters

Creative Clusters is an initiative under the Schools Excellence Fund of DoE and Creative Ireland, Creative Youth Programme. Clusters can comprise between 3 to 5 schools collaborating on the design, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of an innovative arts and creative learning project which supports them to address a common issue or challenge.

Creative Clusters will include schools at different stages of their journey in using the arts and creativity in the classroom. Ideally, clusters can consist of: primary schools only, post-primary schools only or a combination of primary and post-primary schools.

The Lead School in the Cluster will nominate a Lead School Co-Ordinator, and each of the other schools in the Cluster must nominate at least one representative who will work with the Cluster on behalf of the school, be the point of contact for the school and available to attend the Regional Creative Workshops and 3 meetings in the local Education Centre.

The Creative Clusters initiative consists of 5 events during the 2020/2021 school year.

For 2019/2020-year two intake, the Creative Clusters initiative consists of 3 events during the 2020/2021 school year.

Though public health advice is evolving daily, we think it prudent that consideration be given by Education Centres and Schools involved in the 2020-2021 intake of Creative Clusters to undertake meetings remotely (via Zoom).  Should public health advice and Education Centre and School policy allow, your Creative Clusters meetings may be held in a face-to-face capacity.  However, this cannot be guaranteed and will have to be decided upon by each Education Centre and School in question in line with national guidelines prevailing at the time.

What is provided for the Education Centre to Lead and Co-ordinate this initiative?